Busy afternoon for Harwich lifeboats due to sea fog

Lifeboat

Lifeboat - Credit: Archant

Both Harwich RNLI lifeboats were called out yesterday as the weather closed in on unsuspecting angling boats and pleasure crafts.

The all weather lifeboat was called at 2.15pm to an angling boat with engine failure about one mile off Harwich harbour in thick fog.

After locating the vessel and heading back to Harwich the lifeboat was requested to locate a second angling boat believed to be lost just inside the harbour.

This boat was also located and taken with the first to the safety of Shotley marina.

The inshore lifeboat was then requested to assist a grounded motor cruiser just outside Shotley Marina. The lifeboat quickly located the vessel, but due to an ebb tide was unable to re-float.

Both lifeboats returned to station at 4.30pm.